Mr. Bartley’s is at its core a burger joint, despite the fact that their menu includes sandwiches, salads, etc… This casual dining restaurant in Harvard Square with a decor best described as kitsch, has been serving burgers since 1960 (that’s nearly 60 years). They crank out too many 7 ounce burgers to count and they do it with a speed and consistency that few restaurants can match.
Upon entering the casual dining restaurant, you’re likely to hear orders being shouted by the cooks. The names of their burgers show a sense of humor I can’t help but appreciate; some of my favorite burger names include: Mike Pence (way right & way wrong); Caitlyn Jenner (you go girl); Legalize It (now tax the hell out of it); Kim Jong-Un (even crazier than Trump); and Viagra (rise to the occasion).
I ended up ordering the Gay Marriage (they can’t be worse @ it) burger which includes a 7 ounce patty with mozzarella, peppers, jalapenos, black olives and a pickle along with a ridiculously large pile of onion rings, that I was barely able to put a dent into. The burger was cooked to perfection, and I really liked the combination of flavors. If the “Gay Marriage” burger doesn’t sound appealing to you, don’t worry with 25+ burgers, Mr. Bartley’s will have something you’ll like.
Was this the best burger I’ve ever had? Maybe not, but it is damn good, and I would eat this again and again if I lived or worked in Harvard Square. Couple the fact that they make a really good burger with a great vibe and have been doing this since Dwight D. Eisenhower was President and you have what we call an “institution”. If you’ve never been, definitely put this place on your list to try.
1246 Massachusetts Ave. || Harvard Square